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Agricultural Systems Management Minor

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  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
A minor in agricultural systems management provides an opportunity for students to learn the principles of agricultural technologies and how they relate to crop and livestock production and modern agricultural machinery. The opportunity exists for students to gain valuable knowledge in the area of renewable energy and bio-fuels technology and how that relates to agricultural enterprises.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Minor Requirements
Take 6 or more course(s) totaling 18 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ASM 1021 - Introduction to Agricultural Systems Management (3.0 cr)
· ASM 1034 - Facility Maintenance and Safety (4.0 cr)
· ASM 2043 - Welding and Manufacturing Processes (3.0 cr)
· ASM 2053 - Electricity, Controls, and Sensors in Agriculture (3.0 cr)
· ASM 2200 - Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems (3.0 cr)
· ASM 2250 - Agricultural Machinery Management (3.0 cr)
· ASM 3002 - Agricultural Mobile Power Systems (3.0 cr)
· ASM 3005 - Facilities Planning and Selection (3.0 cr)
· ASM 3009 - Surveying (4.0 cr)
· ASM 3201 - Bio-Fuels Technology (3.0 cr)
· ASM 3202 - Solar, Wind, and Geo-Thermal Systems (3.0 cr)
· ASM 3360 - Applications in Precision Agriculture (3.0 cr)
· ASM 3511 - Yield Monitoring and Data Interpretation (1.0 cr)
· ASM 3512 - Remote Sensing Applications in Precision Agriculture (1.0 cr)
· ASM 3513 - Precision Farming Data (1.0 cr)
 
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ASM 1021 - Introduction to Agricultural Systems Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Overview of agricultural mechanization systems (engines, machinery, structures, processes).
ASM 1034 - Facility Maintenance and Safety
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Safe operation, working environment for power equipment, structures, utilities, metal fabrication.
ASM 2043 - Welding and Manufacturing Processes
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Arc/gas welding of ferrous/nonferrous metals. TIG/MIG welding. Designs for welding, economics, cost estimating. Project design/construction. Basic metal machining.
ASM 2053 - Electricity, Controls, and Sensors in Agriculture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Theory and practical application of electricity and electrical controls in agriculture. Selection/maintenance of electrical motors, heating/light/control devices, and sensors.
ASM 2200 - Introduction to Renewable Energy Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Survey of energy needs as a nation. Changes in world energy demands. Sources of renewable energy. Employment opportunities in bio-fuels, solar, wind, and geo-thermal. Site tours, guest lectures.
ASM 2250 - Agricultural Machinery Management
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Mechanical principles. Application of field machinery/power units to varying crop, soil, climatic conditions. Farm management decisions. Introduction to precision agriculture.
ASM 3002 - Agricultural Mobile Power Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Selecting, testing, maintaining power units for drawbar, PTO, hydraulic applications. Spark/compression ignition systems, drive trains, DC electrical systems, air conditioning systems.
ASM 3005 - Facilities Planning and Selection
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00905 - ASM 3005/BM 3005
Prerequisites: 1034, Math 1031
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Planning facility design. Selecting materials/equipment used in manufacturing and production operations. prereq: 1034, Math 1031
ASM 3009 - Surveying
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Principles, statistical methods, theory, applications. Measurement of distance, angles, directions using theodolites, electronic distance measurement, transits, total stations. Exercises in leveling, profiling, topographic mapping, traversing, land/construction surveying. Introduction to photogrammetry, GPS, GIS.
ASM 3201 - Bio-Fuels Technology
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Historical development of bio-fuels industry. Chemical/mechanical processes of production in ethanol, bio-diesel, and methane fuels. Economics, current legislation. Site tours, guest lectures. prereq: 2200
ASM 3202 - Solar, Wind, and Geo-Thermal Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Historical development of solar, wind, and geo-thermal industries. Mechanical processes of design/utilization of these renewable energy sources. Economics, current legislation. Site tours, guest lectures. prereq: 2200
ASM 3360 - Applications in Precision Agriculture
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduction to applications of precision agriculture. Hands-on practice of mapping fields. Grid sampling techniques. Variable rate applications. Yield mapping/interpretation. Map information. prereq: ITM 1010, Soil 1293
ASM 3511 - Yield Monitoring and Data Interpretation
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Calibration of commercially available yield monitoring equipment. Operation fundamentals of various yield sensors. Interfacing sensors, data loggers, global position devices. Saving, storing, retrieving, pooling yield data. Working with data from multiple vendor models/formats. Use of commercially available software to make yield map interpretation. prereq: ASM 3360
ASM 3512 - Remote Sensing Applications in Precision Agriculture
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Fundamentals of remote sensing and satellite imaging in monitoring/managing cropping system variability. Applications of commercial mapping and GIS software in processing/interpreting production scale economic variables. prereq: ASM 3360
ASM 3513 - Precision Farming Data
Credits: 1.0 [max 1.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Cropping systems data in precision agriculture. On-farm input/output record keeping, profit analysis using commercial software. On-farm trials/testing of agronomic variables using precision agriculture technologies. prereq: 3360